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Lucy defends family against cable claims..Do you believe the WIKILEAKS cable info..?

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President Kibaki’s family and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have distanced themselves from claims that they are corrupt, as reported in the WikiLeaks cables. First Lady Lucy Kibaki on Sunday said no member of the first family had been involved in corruption and urged Kenyans to view the alleged leaks with caution. She said they were just opinions and matters of personal conjecture rather than factual information. "My attention has been drawn to allegations that have been carried by a section of the Press… and also published on page 4 of today’s edition of the Sunday Nation titled "Leaked US cables likely to shape 2012 campaigns," said Mrs Kibaki. She said the allegations, which claim that members of the first family were involved in the 2008 maize scandal were false. "I wish to categorically state that no member of the first family was involved in the maize scandal or any other scandal. It is unfortunate that the American Ambassador cabled his own opinion of the maize scandal before the matter could be investigated by the competent Government agencies to establish the truth," said the First Lady in a statement. Corrective action She demanded that the American Ambassador takes corrective action and advices the US Government. Separately, the PM termed the linking of his family to the scandal an act of desperation by politicians looking for companions in corruption. He said the forensic audit on the scandal, conducted by PriceWaterHouseCoopers, did not mention him or any of his family members and associates as having been involved in the scandal. Raila said Mr Ranneberger’s cables clearly went to Washington DC before the audit was conducted. The PM, however, noted that some politicians were clutching to the leaked cables from the US Embassy in Nairobi to claim that he or his family may have been involved in the maize scandal of 2009.

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